“From 00:00, on May 26, Ukraine stops air traffic with Belarus. Right now, during the extra meeting, the government has ordered the Infrastructure Ministry, Stair Air Service, and State Air Traffic Services Enterprise to assume necessary measures,” Shmygal wrote.
Besides, Ukrainian air companies and planes are banned from holding flights in the air space of Belarus. The border guard service was ordered to stop the issuance of passengers who come to or from Belarus at customs points of the airports.
On Mat 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course, and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.
The EU stated that the plane of Ryanair Company was forced to land at Minsk Airport due to the actions of the Belarusian military aircraft. CEO of Ryanair Michael O'Leary stated that the forcible landing of Athens-Vilnius flight in Belarus was highjacking backed by the state.
Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incidence with plane.
The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.